Koufonisia consist of two small islands, Pano Koufonisi and Kato Koufonisi. Kato Koufonisi, although it is almost uninhabited, is frequently visited by the holidaymakers of Pano Koufonisi for its almost virgin beaches. Naturally, Pano Koufonisi also has amazing beaches. During the last years, tourism is flourishing on the island so most beaches are organized but maintain their natural beauty as well. It is worth visiting by boat the uninhabited isle Keros, which is a few minutes away from Koufonisia. In Pano Koufonisi, you will find several taverns but also stores while at the same time, the locals will welcome you everywhere you go with a smile and few good words. The rich fishery of the island makes it special and you will find exceptionally fresh fish in all the restaurants. It is very easy to wander in Koufonisia, breathe fresh air, visit the traditional little churches and discover secluded beaches. If you too want to spend unforgettable holidays in Koufonisia all you have to do is book your ferry tickets now.
The Koufonisia Port
You can easily and comfortably travel from Piraeus and the surrounding islands to Koufonisia on a ferry. You can also book your ferry tickets online via aktoploika.gr for a more comfortable and carefree journey. The journey from Piraeus to Koufonisia lasts about 8 hours and 30 minutes. Just as you arrive at the scenic port of the island, you see the main road that leads to Hora.
Connection With Other Islands
Koufonisia has a ferry connection with the following ports: Piraeus (Athens), Rafina, Amorgos, Donoussa, Iraklia, Ios, Milos, Mykonos, Naxos, Paros, Santorini, Serifos, Sifnos, Schinousa, Tinos, Folegandros.
You can now book ferry tickets online for Koufonisia via Aktoploika.gr. If you plan to travel during July and August, it's best if you have booked several days or weeks earlier to avoid hitches. You should also know that round-trip/return ferry tickets come with a considerable discount.
Koufonisia is the ideal place for walks and hiking since there is no road network, taxis, buses or rental agencies for vehicles. You can go everywhere on foot since the distances are so short. The beaches are accessible on foot although there are boats that can take you there. If, on the other hand, you do not like walking, you can always rent a bicycle to move around.
There aren't any transportation network both in Ano Koufonisi and Kato Koufonisi, due to the fact there are no distances at all, so walking is the most popular way. There is only one bus, that takes visitors from Ammos to Poti and vice versa, as well as a small boat, that daily circumnavigates the island, with a few stops in isolated beaches, some of them totally inaccessible from the land. You can, of course, rent a bicycle, in a few rental offices in Hora.
Νature οn its greatness
Kufonissia consist of Lower and Upper Koufonisi and belong to the complex of the Small East Cyclades. Geographically, we meet them in the southeast of Naxos andin the west of Amorgos. Inextricably connected with their name,Keros, a small, uninhabited island, 15 sq. km., which hosts important findings of cycladic civilization.
Lower Kufonissi (Kato Kufonissi)
It is located between Upper Kufonissi, schinussa and Keros. It has an area of 4.3 km2. and it is almost uninhabited, the only buildings that we meet encounters are a few summer residences. The landscape of the island is the chapel of Virgin Mary located in the mole and is built on the top of ancient ruins. At the small picturesque port there are only some fishing boats and excursion boats, carrying visitors to the beautiful beaches of the island.
Upper Kufonissi (Pano Kufonissi) or Kufonissi
Upper Koufonisi is the smallest and most densely populated island of the Cyclades. It has an area of 3.5 sq km. and 366 residents. The main and exclusive occupation of the inhabitants is the fishing which turns the island into a genuine fishing village, where visitors can enjoy abundant fresh fish and seafood. Arriving on the island, the white windmill which stands to the left of the port seems to welcome the visitor, while above the country, spreads a model of cycladic architecture. The heavenly beaches, almost sandy, complete the majestic image of the island. Kufonsisi has begun to develop tourism in the last decade so the natural beauty and traditional charm has been preserved unchanged. These, combined with the flawless hospitality of the local people, but also the low prices of rooms to let and food, make the island the ideal destination for summer and not only holidays!
- A beach you definitely won't forget on Pano Koufonisi is Pori with its green crystal water and the long sandy beach. There a smaller one next to it, equal -perhaps superior- in beauty, called Italida.
- The beach everyone must visit on Kato Koufonisi is Pezoulia. This is the Heaven on Earth.
- There are few taverns and restaurants, but no one will disappoint you. Try lobster-spaghetti, shrimp-spaghetti and crab-spaghetti, the island's specialties.
There are very few rooms for rent. The sooner you decide to spend your vacation here and book one, the better.
Be careful with water. The island doesn't have any natural water springs, so don't waste it.
Make you sure to come to the island with cash and your medicines, if you receive any.
Kato Koufonisi is an uninhabited place without any facilities. If you decide to visit it, you'll have to carry with you anything you may need (water, food, etc.).
Happy Holidays in Koufonisia!!!